Helicopter Lands in Hudson RiverIn 1981 the Army had a Chinook crash which killed one and cost $8M to rebuild the aircraft and the person who caused it was a SSG (Staff Sergeant) aircraft electrician.
A little over a year later the same SSG caused a Chinook to over speed it's power-train costing another $2 M in repairs so the commander refused him to work on any of his aircraft.
Sooo, the sent him to Fort Eustis, VA as an instructor to teach .... aircraft electronics repair!!! Yep, F-up and move up!
June 30, 2013 / http://tinyurl.com/mdq6vjr
A quick-thinking pilot safely landed a helicopter on the Hudson River Sunday morning after the aircraft's engine failed midair during a routine sightseeing flight with a family of four Swedish tourists, authorities said.
The pilot, Michael Campbell, 22 years old, said he was flying north roughly 1,500 feet above the Hudson at about 120 mph when the engine shut down. He put out a mayday call and then addressed his passengers: "I told them we were going down and to just relax," he said in an interview.
Less than 20 seconds later, the helicopter was floating on two emergency pontoons that Mr. Campbell had engaged as he glided the aircraft down near the West 79th Street Boat Basin.